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w.nielsen100064515 wrote an answer about on March 13, 2013

I've skied the Freride Plus bindings on 183 Volkl Gotamas (106 waist) for several seasons for everything from euro-ice to bumps to groomer laps to deep powder with lots of side country and have found them to be the best bindings I have ever used period (after decades of Marker , Look, etc., etc.) -just for general skiing - even without the AT advantages. I have actually had two sets of Marker's best break on me. I now have the Freeride Pros on Line SFB 115's and they are even better than the plus... I'm an athletic 6-2 and 175 lb, level 8-9 skier. I'm sanely aggressive and like steeps but not death-inviting stuff, and I don't huck cliffs or do park tricks. I ski about 30 days per year, so if you're one of the lucky 100+ day guys, you probably wear your gear out alot faster than I do, so YMMV. One other thought - I ski Garmont Endorphin boots size 27.5 and use the short version of the Fritschis. If you have the long size range, they might not be quite as rigid, but mine are rock solid.

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w.nielsen100064515 wrote an answer about on January 3, 2011

For the first (or only) pair, you use heavy rubber bands to hold your ski brakes up...then clamp the bindings down and place the two skis base-down(in the side of the bag without the boot compartments). When the bag is closed, the boot compartments trap the skis and keep them from moving. It is possible to put a second pair in on edge, in the spaces on either side of the first pair and the boot compartments(reverse shovels and tails relative to the first pair, with bindings facing in toward each other and brakes strapped up). Poles go in along the gaps between bindings. I use a 5'x7' reinforced plastic tarp to wrap over and/or under each ski and folded over at the ends to keep them from rubbing on each other. I put one ski boot and one snow boot (size 10-11) in each boot compartment, and use the tarp to wrap a single pair of skis (bases down side-by side) and two poles. That leaves plenty of room for my emptied ski pack and various gear and clothing items in the remaining spaces. Total weight is less than 50 lbs. Two pairs of skis will make the boot fit tighter and also probably max out the 50 lb weight limit without much other gear.

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w.nielsen100064515 wrote an answer about on September 17, 2010

Sorry, guys, but Mike may have fallen in to the same wrong assumption I did...I bought these bindings this past spring. I already had medium Freeride Pluses, and I assumed that the recommended sizes based on BSL were the same.
After getting the medium Pros and reading the included instruction sheet, I found that the new Pros are DIFFERENT! My Garmont Endorphins (27.5, 297mm BSL)actually need the SMALL Freeride Pro. I pointed this out to Backcountry, but it hasn't been noted on their site, as far as I can tell. BTW, I still haven't got mine mounted, so I hope the BD/Fritschi instruction sheet is right. I also haven't yet looked for a shop with the right drill jig for the Pros, so nothing is completely verified yet. -Just a heads-up!

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w.nielsen100064515 wrote an answer about on October 21, 2009

This new version of the Fritschi may turn out to be great for touring, but it's a new product with no history of performance and reliability in the real world (at least that I've seen). On the other hand, it is clearly weaker for the descent...note DIN rating of 10 max vs. 12 for the Freeride+. I skied the Freeride+ last year and found them to be absolutely great for all around use - front side, sidecountry and backcountry. They work fine on my Gotamas for steps, hardpack, bumps, trees, deep powder...you name it. I've used lots of bindings over the years, and these are the best ever all around - and by far the lightest. They're also the most popular choice of professional mountain guides in Europe because of their convenience, reliability and ruggedness compared to Dynafit and other options. The Baron is considerably heavier, and not nearly as good or convenient in touring mode. If you are mainly interested in dropping off insane cliffs, I'd go for the Duke...otherwise Fritschi Freeride+! (BTW, I'm a 6'-1", 170 lbs, agressive-but-sane skier.)

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w.nielsen100064515 wrote a question about on October 23, 2008

I've been on 181 Recon's and have been frustrated in steep & deep trees and chutes with the insufficient float and agility in those conditions. I always feel like I have to ski too fast with too big turns for safety in those cases to stay afloat and turn...or continuously jump turn, which is just too tiring to do all the time. I ski 90% off-piste- mostly in Utah, but also CO, N-CA, BC and Europe. I've heard great things about the Gotama, and would like guidance on the best length for me. I would be mounting Fritschi Freeride+ and I'm athletic male 6-1 and 170. I would rate myself at 8-9 level.

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